[Our apprentice doula] was amazing. I really don't think we could have done this without her. She was so helpful in instructing me on positioning and breathing. She was calm, warm and encouraging. She helped me to have the labor I wanted. When I think about [our son's] birth, I feel proud, happy and amazed by what I was able to do. [Our doula] made this awesome experience possible for us and I will recommend her to friends and strangers in a heartbeat.
May is Mindful Parenting month at Birthways.
Why Mindfulness? Birthways founder Karen Laing shares her thoughts on how mindfulness supports us through the parenting journey.
What is happening in our brain when we are under stress? How can understanding our own neurophysiology help us to understand how to calm our minds? This post shares the basics on how our brain impacts our stress, and how mindfulness can help us retrain our brains.
Whether you are entering into a meditation practice or starting up yoga, new brain research tells us that both help us deepen our mindfulness practice. Learn more in this post about why both are impactful, and get some practical resources to deepen your own mindfulness work.
What does it mean to be mindful in childbirth? This post explores mindfulness for laboring mothers, partners, and their caregivers.
Fearless love. Birthways Founder Karen Laing shares her personal experiences with feelings of vigilance as a parent, and strategies for coping the day-to-day worries of a mother.
Many of the families we work with report challenges finding mental health providers that are knowledgeable about perinatal mood disorders. Here's a resource list of providers that support women experiencing PPMDs using a mindfulness approach.
Looking for local prenatal/postnatal yoga classes? Jennifer Barron Fishman at Sweet Pea Yoga studio provides yoga classes throughout the childbearing year.
Find free videos designed to complement your yoga practice here at Yoga Journal.
There's an app for that! While nothing replaces a traditional mindfulness practice, Meditation Oasis has a series of apps and free downloads that can help you find a few moments of mindfulness.
Learn more about our Mindful Parenting Retreat now!